I am cursed.

First a bat in the basement, then I get attacked by a bird.


Completely ambushed. Wings, claws, hair, bike, chase, terror.


So, ok, this afternoon Eloise and I biked up to the gym for a nice treadmill sesh and on the way home I was feelin’ great. My workout was amazing, the weather was gorgeous, the trail I was cruising on was all downhill, yadda, yadda, yadda.

It doesn’t get much better than this! I thought to myself as I sailed through a short tunnel that dotted the trail. ‘Til I popped out the other side and quickly realized that it does, indeed, get better than this…

It’s much, MUCH better when a large, black bird is not dive-bombing the top of your head, flapping it’s wings in your face, and hovering 2 feet above you for a good 20 yards as you pedal for your liiiiiife!

Ahhhhh, what am I going to dooooooooo?! I screamed inside my head as I pedaled like a mad woman, chest pressed to my handle bars looking around for someone, anyone, to help!

Then just like that – it was gone.

WTF.  I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! Our trapped bat must have sent a distress signal out from the basement, and this was payback from an angry cousin, or something. Sheesh!!

Or, you know, I pedaled too close to it’s nest. Probably the first thing though.


Post-attack I calmed my nerves with the most epic of dinners – Nachos!


Nacho bar happens to be one of Ben’s and my favorite thing ever. All you do is layout a ton of toppings and types of cheese for your chips, then customize your very own pan o’ deliciousness!


Tonight we had chopped broccoli, grape tomatoes, red onion,

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fresh corn, grilled & shredded Chipotle chicken,

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homemade salsa (made with a can of petite diced tomatoes), freshly shredded fontina cheese, shredded cheddar cheese & green Tabasco sauce (both un-pictured.)

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First you pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, line a cookie sheet with foil and layout your tortilla chips.


Then you add your toppings! I make each chip totally different, so each bite is unique. :)


Some had cheese & chicken, others had cheese, corn & broccoli, while others had cheese & red onion. CHEESE being the central theme here, in case you couldn’t tell… ;)


Into the oven for 5 minutes…


and presto! Customized nachos – wheee!


After they nachos came out of the oven I topped each one with a dallop of salsa, and a dash of green Tabasco sauce. Several got the coveted quartered cherry tomato, too. :)


Crunchy & chewy,


sweet & savory,


hot & cold.


Great nachos cancel out freaky bird attacks!!


So does fresh fruit salad.


This combo of mango, peach & watermelon for dessert was sooo delicious.


Well, I am in for the night for fear of encountering a terodactyl in the streets. I got a free RedBox code for ma’ bday which we cashed in for Battle Los Angeles.


I know. There is seriously nothing good out there right now that I haven’t seen though!

Have a great night!